Kim Kardashian is all about it. Jennifer Lopez is all about it. Beyonce is all about it. Shakira is all about it. Nikki Minaj is all about it. Iggy Azalea is all about it. Now, newcomer Meghan Trainor is all about the bass. Yes, I’m here to review her debut song, All About The Bass.
This is a song that seemed to come out of nowhere for me. It came from someone who wasn’t popular at the time. It’s not even a pop song in the conventional sense. But it’s easy to see (hear?) why it All About The Bass quickly climbed the charts and became a hit with everyone. The first thought that went through my mind regarding the song was how super catchy the beat and rhythm the song had.
It was inescapable and would not leave your head once you heard it… in a good way, mind you. I remember the first time I heard the song over the radio. It was on my way to school with my friends. It came on the radio while stuck in a traffic jam. And after the song finished, I recall all of us in the car just humming the tune afterwards. One of my friends immediately looked up the song on her phone because she just had to have it then and there! Even up to now, whenever I hear this song, I just have to smile!
Honestly, it’s a very simple song if you really break it down. It’s pretty short, running for just a little over 3 minutes. But it has a hook and it leaves a lasting impression. The tune itself is pretty upbeat mix of pop and ’60s era R&B, making it stand out from the rest of the other songs released this year. The lyrics are fun and flow really well together. Sure, it is a little repetitive but a lot of popular songs are like that and that’s another reason why you remember the words to them!
Of course, there’s the whole body image theme the song allegedly has. After all, as Ms. Trainor states in the song, she isn’t “a size 2” but she can “shake it” in the proper way. So, she’s incredibly proud of her size. But what I don’t really get is why many people say she’s bashing skinny women? Because I don’t really see it.
I guess they’re all focusing on the Refrain of the song where she states she’s “all about the bass” and “no treble” part. Of course, the “bass” in the song is supposed to mean having a… Al, you want to help me out here?
Thank you, Mr. Pachino.
Anyway, I initially took offense to this song because, well, I believed what people were saying and, being one of the “skinny bitches” in the song, I was kind of hurt. After all, I loved the song so why would something I love be so mean to me? But I actually took the time to actually listen to the lyrics and really try to comprehend them. It turns out Ms. Trainor is okay with “skinny bitches” like me!
Proof? After threatening to “bring booty back” (which never left since Jennifer Lopez became popular, in my opinion) and calling out the “skinny bitches,” she does say that alot of thin girls actually think they’re fat and tells them they’re already perfect. So, yay!
But I think the real issue with the song is the part where her mama tells her she should be happy with being big since “boys like a little more booty to hold at night.” Why do I take issue with this? Well, because I don’t have a booty! Even though she tells me I should be proud of my body type, whatever it may be, she goes and turn around to say we should be sexy for men!
And what about staying at a certain weight for health reasons? I mean, it isn’t good to be too skinny or too fat, you know, Meghan Trainor! Shouldn’t you be spreading the word about making sure you diet and exercise to stay in shape and not just a shape?
Okay, maybe I’m overthinking this way too much. Bottom line, it’s a catchy song and a fun listen. I like it. Forget the lyrics and just shake your thing while listening to All About The Bass… even if you don’t have that much bass in your caboose.
What do you think of All About The Bass? Better yet, do you think Meghan Trainor was trying to deliver a positive or negative message about why you should be attractive? Let me know what you think in the comments section below!